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Bass Cabinet project

Started by Murdoc_420. Last reply by Wayfinder 3 hours ago. 22 Replies

 Ok, so I built my first CBB, now I want a portable amp.==Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm doing!!! So any and all advice is greatly appreciated== I found a good box at the Cigar Shop recently:…Continue

Kalamazoo Model 1 Deluxe

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Rick Alexander Jun 20. 12 Replies

It's been a while since I have built any guitars. A new passion has taken my attentions...restoring vintage tube amplifiers.A few months ago I found a vintage tube amp chassis on Ebay. Compulsion…Continue

LM386 amp and other stuff

Started by Denis U. Last reply by Denis U May 29. 19 Replies

Hi,I'm a bit over the moon at the moment. I built a really simple LM386 amp, added a couple of <3inch full range speakers and housed it in an old watercolour paint box with a cigar box label and…Continue

Combo Amp Build

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig May 27. 113 Replies

I'm building a Combo Amp for someone.The cabinet is Pine 13" wide x 15" tall and 11" deep. All glued together and used a 1/2" roundover bit in my router for the edges.The speaker is a vintage 10"…Continue

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Comment by Thomas "Duck" Petry on Tuesday

Ted Crocker has a good video on soldering piezos that might help.  Sometimes it's easier to absorb the concept when you can watch it being done.

http://www.cigarboxnation.com/video/soldering-hookup-wires-to-a-bar...

Comment by Wayfinder on Tuesday

If you already have wires on your piezos they are sufficient.  If you need them longer, just solder on extensions.  If they're bare piezos... yeah, that can be a bit tricky.  I've not yet mastered soldering bare piezos myself.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on Tuesday

 Ok, thanks again Wayfinder. I may need to try and solder these wires direct. 

 Just have a cheap solder gun and it's a bit rough to not fry the ceramic. The peizos are cheap though so I can practice some :)

Comment by Wayfinder on Sunday

Just the opposite, I believe.  The thicker the wire, the more room for current flow and thus less impedance.  Well, not less because you're going to still have the original impedance, but less than thinner wire or less conductive wire.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on Sunday

About the wires.

 The wires I got at the hardware store are quite a bit thicker than the wires coming off the peizos.

 Would that cause a lot of empedance?

Comment by Paul Craig on June 21, 2016 at 12:23pm

If that isn't it, it must be in the jack/cord.

Comment by Paul Craig on June 21, 2016 at 12:20pm

Murdoc, did you wire the piezo's in series or parallel?

Series would greatly reduce the impedance of the piezo's and result in low volume. Would be positive to positive of one piezo and negative of that piezo to positive of other piezo and the same for thethird piezo with it's negative to ground.

Parallel would be all piezo's positives wired together to hot and all negatives wired together going to ground would just slightly reduce impedance and have great sound and ample volume.

Comment by Murdoc_420 on June 20, 2016 at 6:11pm

Yeah I could do a mag but the piezos keep it so 'rustic' :D

 The git works, but can barely be heard.

Comment by Wayfinder on June 20, 2016 at 6:07pm

BTW regarding how to get more sound to the amp:  replace the piezos with a mag.

Comment by Wayfinder on June 20, 2016 at 6:06pm

I'm stumped then.   Sounds to me like an amp problem-- functional enough to play the iPod but not enough to reproduce the guitar signal.  I know these work because I've used them myself, but sounds like that one is borderline.  I can't think of anything else.  The git works, you've checked the cable, the iPod works, but the git doesn't through this board.  Does that sum it at this time?

 

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Bass Cabinet project

Started by Murdoc_420. Last reply by Wayfinder 3 hours ago. 22 Replies

Kalamazoo Model 1 Deluxe

Started by Scott aka Farmer Ted. Last reply by Rick Alexander Jun 20. 12 Replies

LM386 amp and other stuff

Started by Denis U. Last reply by Denis U May 29. 19 Replies

Combo Amp Build

Started by Paul Craig. Last reply by Paul Craig May 27. 113 Replies

Matching Amp ohms and Speaker Impedance

Started by Wayfinder. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 7. 4 Replies

Dual IM386 Chip amp

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Will this work for an amp?

Started by Monterey. Last reply by Wayfinder May 19, 2015. 4 Replies

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Started by Truth Instruments. Last reply by Truth Instruments Apr 18, 2015. 3 Replies

First amp

Started by Daryl. Last reply by Wayfinder Dec 21, 2014. 13 Replies

Why the Ruby is a great first amp build

Started by jamie howe. Last reply by Dr X Oct 21, 2014. 2 Replies

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Ruby Amp - Stock and Bassman

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Speaker size and effect on small Amps

Started by Thomas "Duck" Petry. Last reply by Glenn Kaiser Sep 15, 2013. 4 Replies

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